The Master Key

by Charles F Haanel

Part Twenty

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Fully to understand grand and beautiful thought requires, perhaps, as much time as to conceive it. — JOUBERT

If you wish to enjoy the utmost practical benefit from The Master Key — go slowly.

Transfuse into your mind the contents of one part only, each week for twenty-four weeks.

Realize the meaning of every phrase. The Glossary is there to help you.

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This Part tells what the true business of life is and the result aimed at. It shows that we can obtain no results as long as we remain oblivious of the only Power there is — an understanding of the principles, forces, methods, and combinations of mind and its relation to the Universal Mind. It explains that the Universal can act only through the individual. It shows that we are the channel for its activity, that it is within us, that we are it. We can, of course, fail to recognize this and so exclude it from our consciousness, but it will nevertheless be the basic fact of all existence. It tells of inspiration — the art of adjusting the individual mind to that of the Universal, the art of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom.


For many years there has been an endless discussion as to the origin of evil. Theologians have told us that God is Love, and that God is Omnipresent. If this be true, there is no place where God is not. Where, then, are evil, Satan, and Hell? Let us see:

Point by Point

  1. The spirit of a thing is that thing; it is necessarily fixed, changeless and eternal. Your spirit is you; without your spirit, you would be nothing. Your spirit becomes active through your recognition of its existence and its possibilities.
  2. You may have all the wealth in Christendom, but unless you recognize it and make use of it, it will have no value. So too with your spiritual wealth: unless you recognize it and use it, it will have no value. The one and only condition of spiritual power is its recognition and use.
  3. All great things come through recognition. The sceptre of power is consciousness; thought is its messenger; and this messenger is constantly conveying instructions for moulding the realities of the invisible world into the conditions and environments of your objective world.
  4. Thinking is the true business of life; power is the result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness. What results can you expect so long as you remain oblivious of the power which has been placed within your control?
  5. So long as you are not aware of this, you limit yourself to superficial conditions. You make of yourself a beast of burden for those who think; for those who recognize their power; for those who know that unless we are willing to think, we shall have to work; and for those who know that the less we think the more we shall have to work and the less we shall get for our work.
  6. The secret of power is a perfect understanding of the principles, forces, methods, and combinations of Mind, and a perfect understanding of our relationship to the Universal Mind. It is well to remember that, like all principles, this principle is unchangeable; if this were not so, it would not be reliable.
  7. This stability is your opportunity; you are its active attribute, the channel for its activity. The Universal can act only through the individual.
  8. When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself — is you — you begin to do things. You begin to feel your power. It is the fuel which fires the imagination, lights the torch of inspiration, gives vitality to thought, and enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly and to execute masterfully.
  9. But perception will come only in the Silence. This seems to be the condition required for all great purposes. You are a visualizing entity. Imagination is your workshop. It is in imagination that your ideal is to be visualized.
  10. As a perfect understanding of the nature of this power is a primary condition for its manifestation, visualize the entire method over and over again so that you may use it whenever occasion requires. It is supreme wisdom to follow the method whereby we may have the inspiration of the Omnipotent Universal Mind on demand at any time.
  11. We can fail to recognize this world within, and so exclude it from our consciousness, but it will still be the basic fact of all existence. When we learn to recognize it, not only in ourselves but in all persons, events, things, and circumstances, we shall have found the "Kingdom of Heaven" which we are told is "within" us.
  12. Our failures are a result of the operation of exactly the same principle. The principle is unchangeable; its operation is exact; there is no deviation. If we think lack, limitation, discord, we shall find their fruits on every hand. If we think poverty, unhappiness, or disease, the thought messengers will carry the summons as readily as any other kind of thought and the result will be just as certain. If we fear a coming calamity, we shall be able to say with Job, "the thing I feared has come upon me". If we think unkindly or ignorantly, we shall thus attract to ourselves the results of our ignorance.
  13. If rightly understood and correctly used, this power of thought is the greatest labour-saving device ever dreamed of; but if not rightly understood or improperly used, the result may be disastrous. By the help of this power, you can confidently undertake things that are seemingly impossible because this power is the secret of all inspiration, all genius.
  14. To become inspired means to get out of the beaten path, out of the rut, because extraordinary results require extraordinary means. When we come recognize the Unity of all things and that the source of all power is within, we tap the source of inspiration.
  15. Inspiration is the art of self-realization; of adjusting the individual mind to the Universal Mind; of attaching the proper mechanism to the source of all power; of differentiating the formless into form; of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom; of visualizing perfection; of realizing the Omnipresence of Omnipotence.
  16. Understanding and appreciating the fact that the infinite power is omnipresent — and is therefore in the infinitely small as well as in the infinitely large — will enable us to absorb its essence. Understanding the fact that this power is spirit — and therefore indivisible — will enable us to appreciate its presence at all points at the same time.
  17. Understanding these facts, first intellectually and then emotionally, will enable us to drink deeply from this ocean of infinite power. Mere intellectual understanding will be of no assistance; the emotions must be brought into action; thought without feeling is cold. The required combination is thought and feeling.
  18. Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary: the senses must be stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When you have thus come into possession of a sense of poise and power, you will be ready to receive the information or inspiration or wisdom necessary for the development of your purpose.
  19. Do not confuse these methods with those of the clairvoyant; they have nothing in common. Inspiration is the art of receiving, and makes for all that is best in life. Your business in life is to understand and command these invisible forces instead of letting them command and rule you. Power implies service; inspiration implies power; to understand and apply the method of inspiration is to become Superman.
  20. We can live more abundantly every time we breathe if we consciously breathe with that intention. The IF is a very important condition in this case, because intention governs attention, and without attention you can secure only the results which everyone else secures. Supply never exceeds demand.
  21. In order to secure larger supply, your demand must be increased. As you consciously increase your demand, supply will follow; you will find yourself coming into a larger and larger supply of life, energy, and vitality.
  22. The reason for this is not difficult to understand, but it is one of the vital mysteries of life which for some reason does not seem to be generally appreciated. Nevertheless, if you make this knowledge your own, you will find it one of the great realities of life.
  23. We are told that "In Him we live and move and have our being", and we are told that "He" is a Spirit and also that "He" is Love: so that every time we breathe, we breathe this Life, Love, and Spirit. This is Pranic Energy, or Pranic Ether; we could not exist a moment without it. It is the Cosmic Energy; it is the Life of the Solar Plexus.
  24. Every time we breathe, we fill our lungs with air and at the same time vitalize our body with this Pranic Ether which is Life itself. Thus we have the opportunity of making a conscious connection with All Life, All Intelligence, and All Substance.
  25. Knowing your relation and oneness with this Principle that governs the Universe and the simple method whereby you can consciously identify yourself with it gives you scientific understanding of a law whereby you may free yourself from disease and from lack or limitation of any kind. It enables you to breathe the "breath of life" into your own nostrils.
  26. This "breath of life" is a superconscious reality. It is the essence of the "I am". It is pure "Being" or Universal Substance. Our conscious unity with it enables us to localize it and exercise the powers of this creative energy wherever we are.
  27. Thought is creative vibration. The quality of the conditions we create will depend upon the quality of our thought, because we cannot express powers which we do not possess. We must "be" before we can "do" and we can "do" only to the extent to which we "are". Therefore what we "do" will necessarily coincide with what we "are" and what we "are" depends upon what we "think".
  28. Every time you think, you start a train of causation which will create a condition in strict accordance with the quality of the thought which originated it. Thought which is in harmony with the Universal Mind will result in corresponding conditions. Thought which is destructive or discordant will produce corresponding results. You may use thought constructively or destructively, but the immutable law will not allow you to plant a thought of one kind and reap fruit of another. You are free to use this marvellous creative power as you will, but you must take the consequences.
  29. This is the danger from what is called "Will Power". There are those who seem to think that they can coerce this law by force of will; that they can sow seed of one kind and by "Will Power" make it bear fruit of another; but the fundamental principle of creative power is the Universal, and therefore the idea of forcing a compliance with our wishes by the power of the individual will is an inverted conception. It may appear to succeed for a while: but it is eventually doomed to failure because it antagonizes the very power which it is seeking to use.
  30. When the individual attempts to coerce the Universal, he or she tries to put the finite in conflict with the Infinite. It should be obvious that permanent well-being will be best served by conscious co-operation with the Infinite Universal Mind.
  31. For your next exercise, go into the Silence and concentrate on the fact that "In Him we live and move and have our being" is literally and scientifically exact! You ARE because He IS. If He is Omnipresent, He must be in you. If He is all in all, you must be in Him! He is Spirit and you are made in "His image and likeness". The only difference between His spirit and your spirit is one of degree; a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole. When you can realize this clearly, you will have found the secret of the creative power of thought; you will have found the origin of both good and evil; you will have found the secret of the wonderful power of concentration; you will have found the key to the solution of every problem — whether physical, financial, or environmental.

"Learning without thought Is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.
"Thinkers are as scarce as gold; but he whose thoughts embrace all their subject, who pursues it uninterruptedly and fearless of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size." — LAVATER.

Questions and Answers

191. Upon what condition does power depend?
A. Upon recognition and use.

192. What is recognition?
A. Consciousness.

193. How do we become conscious of power?
A. By thinking.

194. What then is the true business of life?
A. Correct scientific thinking.

195. What is correct scientific thinking?
A. The ability to adjust our thought processes to the will of the Universal — or, in other words, to co-operate with Natural laws.

196. How is this accomplished?
A. By securing a perfect understanding of the principles, forces, methods, and combinations of mind.

197. What is this Universal Mind?
A. The basic fact of all existence.

198. What is the cause of all lack, limitation, disease and discord?
A. It is due to the operation of exactly the same law; the law operates relentlessly and is continually bringing about conditions in correspondence with the thought which originated or created them.

199. What is inspiration?
A. The art of realizing the omnipresence of Omniscience.

200. Upon what do the conditions with which we meet depend?
A. Upon the quality of our thought. What we do depends upon what we are and what we are depends upon what we think.

"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience." — GOETHE.